Kimberly Searl was always active as a child, but a horseback-riding accident stole her ability to move from her. Even though she was able to eventually move again, she was still haunted by the pain and began taking painkillers and muscle relaxers. It wasn’t until she discovered yoga that she was able to ditch the meds and once again explore movement without pain. She coupled her yoga with Pilates, which strengthened the parts of her body weakened by the injury. The results inspired her to start her own studio—Mind Body Balance was born.
Today, she and her team of instructors helm both yoga and Pilates classes for students of all stripes. They particularly focus on reintroducing movement into typically sedentary lifestyles, such as those of pregnant mothers, senior citizens, and carbonite-bound intergalactic smugglers.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
A diverse team of instructors with a variety of talents and backgrounds works to create an oasis from the demands of modern life where people can unwind, heal, and explore their creativity. The teachers show guests how energy flow can affect health during reiki and chakra classes and teach traditional and nontraditional methods for relieving tension in massage and laughter sessions. They also helm regular classes for pregnant women and men masquerading as pregnant women, such as belly casting and the nurse-led Mongan Method, which preps women for natural childbirth. Whether through drum circles, detox-wrap parties, or even violin lessons, the instructors encourage visitors to bond through shared experiences. They change up the schedule of events and workshops monthly, just like they do with their gallery of local art.
With 10 total locations—each packed with cardio and strength-training equipment as well as a wealth of classes—Metro Family Fitness makes it easy to get in shape. Several locations are women-only, granting members a comfortable environment to work out in as they boost muscle tone, burn calories. Classes such as boot camps, yoga, and zumba help increase their heart rate in far safer methods than watching horror movies for 48 hours straight.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
The trainers at Legendary Gym think of enhancing fitness in the same terms as traveling to a point on a map. With their expertise, they dispense the right directions to navigate their clients toward individual goals in a positive, support-focused environment. The gym is equipped with several free weights and benches, as well as a punching bag for boxing drills. Guests incorporate these into their routines during one-on-one sessions and small-group classes. And the trainers encourages visitors to bring their own iPod or CDs, instead of singing their hip-hop adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore.